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The art of not being governed : an anarchist history of upland Southeast Asia, James C. Scott

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The art of not being governed : an anarchist history of upland Southeast Asia
Title
The art of not being governed
Title remainder
an anarchist history of upland Southeast Asia
Statement of responsibility
James C. Scott
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Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"For two thousand years the disparate groups that now reside in Zomia, a mountainous region the size of Europe that consists of portions of seven Asian countries, have fled the projects of the organized state societies that surround them - slavery, conscription, taxes, corvee labor, epidemics, and warfare. Significantly, writes James C. Scott in this iconoclastic study, these people are not innocents who have yet to benefit from all that civilization has to offer; they have assessed state-based "civilizations" and have made a conscious choice to avoid them. The book is essentially an "anarchist history, " the first-ever examination of the huge literature on state-making that evaluates why people would deliberately and reactively remain stateless." "The Art of Not Being Governed challenges us with a radically different approach to history that views events from the perspective of stateless peoples and redefines state-making as a form of "internal colonialism." In contrast to the Western ideal of the "social contract" as fundamental to state-making, Scott finds the disturbing mechanism of subjugation to be more in line with the historical facts in mainland Southeast Asia. The author's work on Zomia represents a new way to think of area studies that will be applicable to other runaway and fugitive communities, be they Gypsies, Cossacks, tribes fleeing slave-raiders, Marsh Arabs, or San-Bushmen." "In accessible language, Scott, recognized worldwide as an eminent authority in Southeast Asian, peasant, and agrarian studies, tells the story of the peoples of Zomia and their unlikely odyssey in search of self-determination. Along the way he redefines our views on Asian politics, history, and demographics, and even our fundamental ideas about what constitutes civilization."--BOOK JACKET
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DLC
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Scott, James C
Dewey number
  • 305.800959
  • 959
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
Index
index present
LC call number
DS523.3
LC item number
.S36 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
Series statement
Yale agrarian studies series
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Ethnology
  • Peasants
  • Southeast Asia
  • Southeast Asia
Label
The art of not being governed : an anarchist history of upland Southeast Asia, James C. Scott
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • 5.
  • Keeping the State at a Distance: The Peopling of the Hills
  • 6.
  • State Evasion, State Prevention: The Culture and Agriculture of Escape
  • 6.5.
  • Orality, Writing, and Texts
  • 7.
  • Ethnogenesis: A Radical Constructionist Case
  • 8.
  • Prophets of Renewal
  • 1.
  • 9.
  • Conclusion
  • Hills, Valleys, and States: An Introduction to Zomia
  • 2.
  • State Space: Zones of Governance and Appropriation
  • 3.
  • Concentrating Manpower and Grain: Slavery and Irrigated Rice
  • 4.
  • Civilization and the Unruly
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 442 p.
Isbn
9780300152289
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009003004
Note
Arthur V. Mauro Centre Peace and Conflict Studies Fund Collection
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2074150-01umb_inst
  • 2067451
  • (OCoLC)301948134
Label
The art of not being governed : an anarchist history of upland Southeast Asia, James C. Scott
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Contents
  • 5.
  • Keeping the State at a Distance: The Peopling of the Hills
  • 6.
  • State Evasion, State Prevention: The Culture and Agriculture of Escape
  • 6.5.
  • Orality, Writing, and Texts
  • 7.
  • Ethnogenesis: A Radical Constructionist Case
  • 8.
  • Prophets of Renewal
  • 1.
  • 9.
  • Conclusion
  • Hills, Valleys, and States: An Introduction to Zomia
  • 2.
  • State Space: Zones of Governance and Appropriation
  • 3.
  • Concentrating Manpower and Grain: Slavery and Irrigated Rice
  • 4.
  • Civilization and the Unruly
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
xviii, 442 p.
Isbn
9780300152289
Isbn Type
(cloth : alk. paper)
Lccn
2009003004
Note
Arthur V. Mauro Centre Peace and Conflict Studies Fund Collection
Other physical details
ill., maps
System control number
  • (CaMWU)u2074150-01umb_inst
  • 2067451
  • (OCoLC)301948134

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